Thursday, November 17, 2011

VitaBand, Smoke in my mouth, and Ryan Hall

I think that this is the most bullets that I’ve put in a bullet post…..


Vita band review
Recently, I was sent a VitaBand to review.  VITA meaning Vitals, band meaning band.  The concept is very similar to some of the other online-ID bands that have hit the market recently.  You upload your information with as little or as much detail as you need to an online database.  That way, when you get hit by a car the paramedics know to use lambskin instead of latex. The difference with this ID Band?  It was made to have a pre-paid Visa Speed-pass credit card in it!  Get the munchies while on the run? You can swing by 7-11 and get some Cheetos and some RC Cola.  Crap your pants and need new pants?  Swing by Target and pay with your speed-pass.

I’ve taken the VitaBand out on a number of runs over the past few weeks and I really like it.  It is made out of the same material that Livestrong bands are made out of which made it super light and comfortable.  The only downside that I could find was that it wasn’t super adjustable so I had a really hard time putting it on my ankle (and it pulled on my leg hairs when I tried to get it off).   I’ll admit that I didn’t end up getting the Visa pre-paid card to put in it – but it is a nice feature (especially for cyclists) for people who regularly stop at convenience stores to refuel.  Each band is $20 and a year subscription to the online medical records piece is $20.

Back to running
This week has seen me log 6,8,6,11 miles M-Th so I feel like I’m finally back into my groove.  Since I’m still only 11 days post marathon I’m still not running any speedwork, but I’m laying down some pretty decent times.  Nothing feels sore or broken, so next week I’m going to layer on the speed like a thin warm coat of pumpkin pie.  Cozy.

Smoking
This morning, during my 11 miler, I saw two things that I should NOT have seen.  First of all, I saw smoke coming out of my mouth.  Now, I don’t smoke, so it was rather strange.  It didn’t happen when I breathed in, but when I would exhale, smoke would come out.  Does anyone know what could have been wrong as I went for a brisk morning run in Phoenix?  Were my lungs on fire or something?  Here is what I looked like:


The other thing that I saw that freaked me out were Christmas Decorations!! I know what you are thinking “Jeeze Scrooge McAdam, lighten up!”  I understand if you need to get them up a bit early because you’re going to be out of town, or have such a Clark Griswold inspired display that it takes days to assemble, but there is NO need to have them lit at 5am on a Thursday morning.  If I didn’t have to pee like a college frat boy at a kegger I would have tried to set something up like this:


9 weeks to Rock and Roll Arizona
Actually, closer to 8.  But, fortunately I’m finally getting back into my running groove – therefore not peeing my pants at the thought freaking out too much.  The plan is to have 2 weeks of build, 4 weeks of HARD speedwork, including an increased amount of pace work, followed by a quick 2 week taper.  I’ve already decided that if I run my A goal, I’m going to follow suggestions of Jill and have a “recovery” beer in the shower and drink a VERY nice beer that Jamoosh gave me.  If I crash and burn?  Same plan – but with tears.


That’s some big stepping, Tex
Finally, Ryan Hall.  For those of you who are not familiar with him, Ryan Hall is currently the fastest marathoner in the United States (Meb K has won more races, but Ryan is faster).  Anywhoo, as part of the NYC marathon, Asics built a video screen projecting his actual 4:40/MILE running pace and challenged people to race against him.  Other than the ball-busting speed, the most crazy thing is that his gait (or step size) is 6 feet 10”.  That’s longer than….my whole body!  Enjoy! (no sound needed)

20 comments:

Colin Hayes said...

Dude, if you want to blow smoke, come to Seattle. By Saturday morning, it's supposed to be in the low 20's F.
As for Ryan Hall...mind blowing. What's even crazier than a sub 4:50 pace is the fact that they can throw down a sub 4:30 at 18 miles as a surge, seemingly effortlessly.

pensive said...

Wow. That looks so amazing. Wow.

Hey Colin! Some of us are looking forward to Baker and Whistler opening! : )

Colin Hayes said...

The skiing should be good around here soon. I'm not a downhill skier myself, having had a BAD wipeout while in high school that makes the old Wide World of Sports opening look like amateur hour. Still been meaning to try some XC skiing, tho...

Chicken said...

Holy smokes: breath and Ryan Hall! I'm not even that fast x 2 (what is that 9:20/mile)! Unbelievable!

I'll be rock'n'rolling my 10:30/mile pace in Phoenix in 9 weeks too! AND drinking beer in the shower regardless of how it ends up!

Quix said...

I think my all out sprints are in the 6-somethings. I don't even understand how it would be physically possible to run at a 4:30 pace. Boggles the mind....

The Banter said...

I really think they should set up that exact simulation on a beach somewhere. It would really change the way you look at the video.

Brett said...

Sounds like a great training plan for RNR AZ. I'm getting in the speed and strength training in too. No matter what your plan, you'll be crossing the finish line before me!

(Icicle lights in Arizona crack me up! What the what??)

The Green Girl said...

You always crack me up.

That's insane 6' 10"? Could a 4' 10.5" Green Girl even compete with that?

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

If you loved in New Orleans I'd say it was your humid breath, suspended near your face since there was too much moisture in the air already for it to disperse. Since you're in a dry clime...I have no idea what that was.

Barefoot Neil Z said...

I fell off a ladder once. I got to a 5 minute mile just before I hit the ground.

And the smoke? Yeah. How about when it comes out of your mouth, freezes solid then falls to the ground and breaks like glass. That's cold.

Jill said...

That wall is so cool! And how great of Hall to come and run with those kids...I wonder if they even knew it was him. :)

Come on, Phoenix!!!

Jamoosh said...

Blowing smoke is SO yesterday. Blog when "smoke" is coming off the top of your skull!

Nicole said...

Don't you have to waive your Visa speed pass in front of those machines on the counter? I can imagine that would make for some excellent stretching if you wear the Vita band on your ankle.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Saw the Xmas light last night on a neighbors house as I was running. Just like all the Penn State jokes that have come out - Too Soon!

Are you using Pfitz again for the next 8 weeks? He is currently putting a hurtin' on me!

Scallywag said...

That Ryan Hall thing is BEYOND AWESOME.

Im guessing I could keep up for ooh... ten metres?

tahoegirl said...

"That way, when you get hit by a car the paramedics know to use lambskin instead of latex." Bahahaha.

Can't even imagine being able to run that fast! Heck, I can barely run a 7:30 and that is while I am running downhill.

We can talk when you see smoke coming from your nether regions...

Viper said...

You wanna see "smoke"? I invite you to Akron, Ohio. Good plan with the recovery beer in the shower. I approve. Cheers!

Jo said...

lol...Have you never run in cool/cold weather before?! We've been exhaling the exhaust for a good month already! As for the technical reason, I have no idea!

Nelly said...

That Asics ad thing is seriously awesome. I'm always wowed at how fast those guys can run, and REPEAT that fast pace for so long. Amazing. Very few people will ever run 1 MILE at 4:46 pace, much less repeat that for 26.2 miles. My best mile was 4:59 so I can't claim this either. I actually think that you could have ran a mile at around 4:40-4:45 or something if you had ran in high school, you are really fast now.

And my friend took a beer into the shower a month ago, he said it was a lot of fun! lol

Jill@Run for the Hills said...

If my leg holds up for Memphis, I'm turning my recovery beer in the shower to underwater keg stands. Mark my words.